South Dakota

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Advance Alzheimer's Policy

Support HB 1278 and Establish a Dementia Services Coordinator Position!

South Dakotans, we need your help! Please contact your legislators today and urge them to sponsor and support House Bill 1278, legislation that will create a Dementia Services Coordinator position within the state agency and require South Dakota to maintain a plan to fight Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

South Dakota State Plan Overview

The South Dakota Alzheimer's/Dementia Work Group has been established to draft a state Alzheimer's plan. The Work Group conducted its first meeting in April 2017 and plans to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and host town halls across the state to seek public input, thanks in part to a South Dakota Community Foundation Community Innovation Grant. If you would like to participate in this process please contact the Alzheimer's Association's South Dakota Chapter.


South Dakota State Advocacy Day

February 24, 2020

Help us make Alzheimer's disease a priority in South Dakota during Alzheimer's Advocacy Day on Friday, February 24, 2020. Join us in the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre for lunch with legislators. Tell them how dementia has impacted your family and why it is important that South Dakota's State Alzheimer's Plan is implemented to make sure infrastructure, resources and care are available to all South Dakotans impacted by this disease. Please join us on this exciting day as we gather at the capitol, DRESSED IN PURPLE, to show our elected officials how many South Dakotans are impacted by Alzheimer's disease. There will be transportation available from Sioux Falls leaving at 7:00 a.m. and Rapid City leaving at 6:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

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Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in South Dakota

Number of People Aged 65 and Older With Alzheimer's by Age

Year 65-74 75-84 85+ TOTAL
* Totals may not add due to rounding
2020 2,000 7,000 9,000 18,000
2025 3,000 8,000 9,000 20,000

Percentage change from 2020




Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's (2020)


change in costs from 2020 to 2025



per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia (in 2019 dollars)

HOSPICE (2017)



of people in hospice have a primary diagnosis of dementia


of people in hospice with a primary diagnosis of dementia



Number of geriatricians in 2019


increase needed to meet Alzheimer's population needs in 2050

Hospitals (2017)



of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia


dementia patient hospital readmission rate


increase in emergency deparment visits since 2007


39 Thousand

Number of Caregivers

44 Million

Total Hours of Unpaid Care

$575 Million

Total Value of Unpaid Care

Number of Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease (2018)

437 total deaths in South Dakota
5th leading cause of death in South Dakota
7th highest Alzheimer's death rate in America

For more information, view the 2020 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report at

U.S. Statistics

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and as many as 13.8 million will have the disease in 2050. The cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is estimated to total $305 billion in 2020, increasing to $1.1 trillion (in today's dollars) by mid-century. Nearly 1 in 3 seniors who dies each year has Alzheimer's or another dementia.